Condominium parking control refers to the management and regulation of parking facilities within a condominium. The parking facilities are managed by the condominium association elected by the individual unit owners for the safety, and maintenance of the parking facilities. Some of the features of condominium parks are discussed in this article.
Designated Parking Space:
Every unit owner in a condominium complex has a right to a car parking space. The condominium association allocates a space for every unit owner to park their cars to avoid conflicts or quarrels over a space. Car parking spaces are assigned to individuals on a first come first serve.
To also accommodate visitors in the condominium complex, special car parks are provided within the complex, however, this is within a limited time frame as visitors are not allowed to leave their vehicles in the designated car park after a reasonable period.
Parking Rules and Regulations:
Rules and regulations are fixed to restrict the type of vehicles being parked in the condominium premises, for example, commercial vehicles are sometimes not allowed to park in the residential parking area, they are rather allowed at the general parking lots or visitors parking area. The regulations also help to restrict driving speed and parking hours for visitors. The condominium association ensures that defaulters are penalized.
Car Parking Permits and Visitors Passes:
Residents and visitors are assigned permits to park their vehicles on the premises. The permit authorizes the parking of vehicles in designated lots. While known residents may not be made to present or show theirs before entry into the complex, guests must obtain one on entry and return the same on leaving the premises. Commercial or delivery vehicles are given stickers and sometimes a card for identification, this is to curtail incidents of theft or kidnap. The permit helps to regulate the type and nature of the vehicle that drives into the condominium.
Accessible Car Park:
Condominium parks are meant to be accessible to all residents and visitors. Though with strict measures and regulations. Standards must be adhered to at all times, and the security personnel ensures it.
Regular notices are sent to all residents in a condominium, the notices convey information on new policies and guidelines associated with parking of vehicles and maintenance of same.
Some condominiums make residents pay a fee as a service charge. The service charge is used to pay the security men who watch the parked vehicles, the cleaners and maintenance of the infrastructures such as CCTV cameras, lighting system, renovation works and general repairs that keep the park in usable condition.
Types of Condominium Park
Surface Car Park:
Surface parks are the usual car parks that exist in a premise, the ones on the ground level. Not much is constructed on surface car parks, save for road markings to separate vehicles, or kebbs, sometimes canopies are installed to protect the parked vehicles from harsh weather.
Underground Car Park:
These are car parks constructed underneath a building, it is also known as a basement car park. This type requires massive reinforcement and huge structural expertise to build. It is expensive to maintain, the car park requires lots of lighting, CCTV cameras, security personnel and other relevant park infrastructures.
Suspended Car Park:
As the name implies, suspended car parks are the ones that are constructed on the air above the road. Residents of condominiums drive upwards to park their vehicles. It is sometimes built in up to 3 layers on the air. The good thing about the suspended car park is that it allows intensive usage of the complex such that underneath the park is used for other purposes. It is safer up there than on the ground level particularly when the security system is adequate and active.